Robust production of purified H2 in a stable, self-regulating, and continuously operating solar fuel generator

Miguel A. Modestino, Karl A. Walczak, Alan Berger, Christopher M. Evans, Sophia Haussener, Carl Koval, John S. Newman, Joel W. Ager, Rachel A. Segalman

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Abstract

The development of practical solar-driven electrochemical fuel generators requires the integration of light absorbing and electrochemical components into an architecture that must also provide easy separation of the product fuels. Unfortunately, many of these components are not stable under the extreme pH conditions necessary to facilitate ionic transport between redox reaction sites. By using a controlled recirculating stream across reaction sites, this work demonstrates a stable, self-regulating and continuous purified solar-hydrogen generation from near neutral pH electrolytes that yield continuous nearly pure H2 streams with solar-fuel efficiencies above 6.2%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-301
Number of pages5
JournalEnergy and Environmental Science
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Pollution

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